Wednesday, August 24, 2011

If only life were as simple as a bagel.

With peanut butter.

Lots of peanut butter.

I had this for lunch today, while worrying about the weaving mistake I was sure I made.  This custom order is for a BIG, BIG rug.   And suddenly, while weaving on Piece 2, I was sure I had made Piece 1 too long.  They were both on the loom, we just finished the first part, and wound it on the front beam, and continued on with the second piece.  So while I was stewing, eating my bagel, and trying to weave by myself while Lois was gone for lunch, I realized, once again, that IT IS WHAT IT IS.

If it was too long, I had choices.  A couple of them.
If I had measured correctly, we could just keep on weaving.
But whatever I had done, was done.  And the "dealing with it" was all that was left to do.

It brought to mind a book I read, a long time ago, in the midst of divorce and chaos.
I still refer to that book in my head sometimes, that's how much of an impact it had on me.

Control Theory: A New Explanation of How We Control Our Lives [Paperback]

William Glasser (Author)

Here's a review from Amazon:

I've learnt so much from this book. Its basic premise is that, while we can't control everything in life that happens to us, we can control our reactions to those events. Very often those reactions are self-destructive or damaging to ourself and others, unless we realise why we behaved in that way and that we have the power within ourselves to choose another course of action. 

I'm as sceptical as the anyone about the endless stream of self-help books on the market, with their overfacile cures for every known malady under the sun. This book doesn't pretend to be that, it just offers samples of typical behaviours we can all recognise, goes behind them to analyse the real underlying reason for them, and offers suggestions for alternatives. Eye-opening.

So back to the weaving.  Lois returned, we took both rugs off the loom and laid them side by side.
Unfortunately, I was spot on.  I had measured wrong.  One rug was 20" longer than the other.
Can I say S**T here????  Just wondering.


Michaele said...

Good post, good lunch, good book and good thinking, before you went any further.

Country Girl said...

I made a huge mistake today too, erasing an entire contact designation folder from my former boss' laptop. It's going to take a little to fix it and for awhile, i was really sick about it. But then I thought, it can be fixed. No one was hurt. It will be ok.
When I make mistakes like this, I always ask myself, "was anyone hurt?"
I'm sorry you're going to have to do the rug over again. And I'm also jealous of your peanut butter bagel.

linda said...

If we didn't make mistakes we wouldn't be any wiser.

*the whiney devil on my left shoulder tells me if I was smarter I wouldn't have made a mistake in the first place* (being financially responsible for an irresponsible mate)

How do you fix the rug, Hilary? And...can I have a bite of that bagel?

Deb said...

Love your choice of lunch.

That Janie Girl said...


Can't wait to see the rug.

Pass the peanut butter.

Anonymous said...

Ya... mistakes usually cost us nothing but additional time to fix it. No problemo....

Yes.. you can say @h&t if you want to... I'm a big girl and can deal with it. :-))

Sue said...

LOL, there are times when s(*t is a perfectly acceptable form of expression.

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